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Joseph Marks

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Joseph Marks covers cybersecurity for Nextgov. He previously covered cybersecurity for Politico, intellectual property for Bloomberg BNA and federal litigation for Law360. He covered government technology for Nextgov during an earlier stint at the publication and began his career at Midwestern newspapers covering everything under the sun. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s in international affairs from Georgetown University.

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Issa plans to talk Internet regulation on Reddit

November 27, 2012 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is turning to Reddit for advice and feedback on proposed legislation that would ban new Internet regulations for two years, his office said Tuesday. The congressman plans to answer questions in one of the social networking site’s AMA, or “ask me anything,” sessions Wednesday morning. Numerous...

Smokey Bear’s official app is close but no campfire

November 27, 2012 This story is part of Nextgov’s Building Better Apps project. Smokey Bear’s official app promises to tell you everything you need to know about how to safely build and put out a campfire, but it failed to light our reviewers up. The major problem was that the app needed an...

GSA launches governmentwide acquisitions dashboard

November 27, 2012 The General Services Administration launched a new online dashboard Tuesday that lists agencies’ information technology spending using governmentwide acquisition contracts. The dashboard’s goal is to help agencies make “data driven” decisions about where to invest IT funding and to give federal IT vendors insight into new business opportunities, the agency...

Want to save time sifting through website feedback? Look to HHS

November 26, 2012 This article has been corrected to more accurately describe a satisfaction index used for government websites. The Health and Human Services Department plans to share a tool it’s been using to gather feedback from visitors to its website, HHS said in a blog post Monday. The department uses its Voice...

Have a Thanksgiving question? Ask Karen

November 21, 2012 This story has been updated to correct misstated statistics about call volumes at USDA's meat and poultry hotline. Wondering how long you can leave stuffing in your turkey before cooking it this holiday season or how much ham it will take to feed your extended family? The government has an...

As Thanksgiving travelers head out, FAA flight status site goes down

November 21, 2012 Update, 1:57 p.m. ET: The flight status site is back up. As Americans headed out on one of the busiest travel days of the year Wednesday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration's online system for reporting on the status of flights and airport delays was down. Visitors to the FAA's Airport...

Medicare awards up to $15 billion for data centers

November 20, 2012 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded a handful of contracts to manage its data center operations that could add up to $15 billion within 10 years. The contacts with Accenture Federal Services, HP Enterprise Services, IBM, Lockheed Martin and other vendors are part of what CMS calls...

The real danger posed by Nate Silver

November 20, 2012 The statistical wunderkind Nate Silver’s clean sweep of states’ presidential picks and his accurate calling of nearly every U.S. Senate race seemed to offer a tidy conclusion to the great polling debates of the 2012 election. The man who Jon Stewart called “president of the United States of arithmetic” emerged...

Non-secession White House petitions also surge

November 19, 2012 The White House’s online petition site We the People has been inundated since president Obama’s reelection with more petitions than at any time since its 2011 launch. About 37 percent of those 187 new petitions are from disenchanted Americans who want their state to secede from the union. Another 5...

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Government has Shuttered 64 Data Centers Since August

November 16, 2012 The government has shuttered 382 data centers since 2010, 64 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures the Office of Management and Budget released Thursday. Agencies plan to close 315 more centers by the end of September 2013, according to a spreadsheet posted to the government...

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